Area Manager

BestStart Educare

This is a fantastic opportunity for an experienced leader, with both an operational and educational background to join our team

  • Travel across Hamilton
  • Competitive salary and benefits
  • Supportive team
BestStart is NZ’s largest early childhood education and care provider, comprising of over 260 centres nationwide.  We are a NZ owned charity, where children are at the heart of everything we do.  Having a passion for children and an understanding of their families and wider communities underlies every aspect of our organisation.

We seek an extraordinary leader, with both an operational, and ECE education background to join the team on a permanent basis.  We see this as an exciting opportunity to apply your extensive knowledge to a sector where you will impact many children every day.  Fundamental to success in this role is having a strong interest in supporting the learning outcomes we deliver to our children and their families. 
As an Area Manager at BestStart you will be:
  • A key member of the regional leadership team with accountability for the performance of up to 10 centres.
  • Accountable for centre teaching standards, curriculum delivery and compliance to meet ERO requirements, by providing effective leadership, encouragement and support for Centre Managers.
  • Working closely with our Centre Managers to identify and drive great business opportunities, creating great ideas to make each centre even more successful!
  • Growing and empowering staff capability and building a coaching culture within our teams.
  • Reviewing centre processes to make sure that our children and their families are absolutely delighted and continuously pursuing excellence in this area.
  • Growing whanau engagement.
The type of people who thrive in this role:
  • People who can quickly build responsive, positive relationships with their direct reports.  Our people are our most important resource and we seek leaders who are people champions. 
  • Are a leader and a coach who believes in empowering your people as opposed to a manager who delegates tasks. 
  • An experienced and qualified ECE teacher.
  • Is mentally agile with experience in working in a multi site environment.  They can move quickly from one situation to the next showing a high level of resilience to deal with the ebbs and flows of the work.
  • Thrives on finding the solutions to make sustained, meaningful change rather than reactive quick fixes. 
  • Is an astute business manager and can share their own financial management knowledge and experience in a way that can support their people to grow their own knowledge in this area.
  • Excellent customer service and marketing skills
Travel across the wider Hamilton region will be required, and a company vehicle is provided.  We pride ourselves in providing ongoing support for our people and you will enjoy a competitive remuneration package and a range of employee benefits.

If this sounds like the job for you apply now!